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Aaron Sorkin Shares His Idea For A Pixar Movie

Aaron Sorkin Shares His Idea For A Pixar Movie

It’s an anecdote that got new life during the press rounds for Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs“: years ago, Aaron Sorkin had  been sharing the story about that time the visionary Apple founder asked him to write a Pixar movie. And while that’s the kind of offer most screenwriters would leap at, Sorkin had his worries about giving voices to inanimate objects. But Jobs offered him this sage advice, “Once you make them talk, they won’t be inanimate.” Fair point. So what would’ve the Sorkin-penned Pixar movie be about? Digital Spy put that question to Sorkin, who said it would be a tale centered on a screenwriter, taking on themes of process and creativity. An Aaron Sorkin picture, in other words.

“One day he comes down to his kitchen and right there on the table is a screenplay, and it’s got his name on it,” he said. “He reads the screenplay, and it’s fantastic, and he takes it to the studio, and they really like it and straight away say, ‘We’re going to make this movie! Here’s your cheque!’ The next morning, the writer goes down to his kitchen and there’s another screenplay with his name on it. He reads it and it’s also fantastic, so he takes it to the studio, and the same thing happens.

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“So finally, the next night the writer decides to tip toe downstairs in the middle of the night to see what is going on,” he continued. “Sure enough, there’s a little leprechaun in his house, typing away, and the writer says, ‘I don’t know how to thank you! You’ve saved my life! You’ve revived my career! I’m celebrated! I can pay my mortgage! I’m so happy —is there anything I can do to repay you?’ And the leprechaun says, ‘Well, it would be great if you could share screenwriting credit with me…’ So the writer says, ‘Go fuck yourself.’ “
“So my Pixar idea is that instead of it being a leprechaun, it’s all the objects in his office. What if all the objects in his office are trying to help him out?,” Sorkin said.

It’s not a bad idea, but there’s one problem: Sorkin says he’s got nothing beyond the first act. Maybe some aspiring scribes have an idea about where it can go next? Share your ideas below, and hey Pixar, maybe ring up Sorkin again…..

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